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What To Say And What Not To Say At An Accident Scene

If you have been involved in a car accident in Farmington Hills, knowing what to say and what not to say at the accident scene, can significantly change the outcome of your case. A car accident claim does not start when you contact your insurance provider or when you obtain legal counsel from an experienced car accident lawyer. A car accident claim starts at the moment of impact. Here are some tips which can help you protect your rights at an accident scene and improve your chances of being able to recover compensation for your injuries.

  • Never admit fault or apologize for your actions. Even if you believe you are partially or entirely at fault, a thorough investigation may find that not to be the case. You may not have realized the other driver ran a red light or was reading a text message right before the accident occurred.
  • In some instances, even a simple "I'm sorry, I didn't see you there." or "I didn't notice you there." can be taken as an admission of guilt, so be cautious of what you say at an accident scene. It is better to say nothing than to be misunderstood or have your words taken as a sign of guilt.
  • Gather as much information as possible. You are required to exchange information with all involved parties. Simply ask the other driver for his or her name, insurance information, driver's license number, etc. and then provide yours as well.
  • Do not make any presumptions as to what caused the accident. You may be convinced the other person is at fault, but it is important that you do not lay blame, as you could be wrong.
  • You will be given a chance to give your side of the story to the police officer who responds to the accident, and you should request that he or she file an official police report. Keep it simple and stick to the facts.
  • If you decline immediate medical attention, it is important that you never make any claims as to whether or not you sustained injury. Not all injuries are felt immediately after an accident. Some injuries may get progressively worse over time, while others may exist but are undetectable to anyone but an experienced medical professional. If you do not think you are seriously injured, simply state you will be going to your doctor to get thoroughly checked out, and make sure you do so, as you are at extreme risk if you are not fully evaluated.

Everything said and done at the accident scene, and when dealing with insurance adjusters or any involved parties, has the potential to impact the validity of your claim. My name is Jon Abrahams and I am a Farmington Hills car accident lawyer with a lengthy record of success. I understand the physical, emotional and financial impact a car accident can have on a person's life and I have dedicated my career to being the aggressive advocate my clients need following such an unfortunate event. I have an 8.4 Excellent Avvo Rating and an AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. I have years of experience representing accident and injury claims, particularly those caused at the hands of a negligent or careless driver, and I am committed to giving you the legal direction you need as well. Call my firm as soon as possible following your accident so that I can take action to protect your interests.